Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Windows 10 – Group Policy Pack Privacy and Telemetry

Monday, February 13th, 2017

It sounds like the task of preventing your Windows 10 PC from phoning home is going to be a full time job.

The Group Policy pack Privacy and Telemetry, short gp-pack PaT, is a collection of 70 policies designed to disable sending data to Microsoft on Windows 10 devices. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise administrators may use the Group Policy to modify privacy settings, and block some telemetry collecting and submitting to Microsoft. Numerous privacy tools for Windows 10 have been released that modify Registry keys directly. Several of the programs go further, for instance by removing applications that ship with Windows 10, or blocking Microsoft Telemetry servers on the system.

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Find Out if Your VPN Leaks Your IP Address

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

There are a number of different services that can be used to check for IP information that is being leaked via your VPN. Here’s a quick look at one of them …

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are used for a variety of purposes. Common reasons include protecting one’s privacy on the Internet, improving the security of the Internet connection, bypassing censorships and blocks, and using it for business purposes. If you use a VPN for privacy, regardless of whether that is your main reason for using it or just a nice addition, you may want to make sure that your “real” IP address is not leaked when you are connected to the VPN.

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Behavioral Keyboard Privacy Add-On for Firefox

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

It’s amazing to see the lengths that some web sites will go to in order to track the browsing habits of their users. It’s equally amazing to see the lengths that some users will go to in order to avoid be tracked.

Behavioral Keyboard Privacy is an experimental add-on for Mozilla Firefox that prevents you from being profiled based on how you type. Did you know that there are companies out there that track you based on how you type? They have developed methods that track your typing patterns; how fast you type, how long you dwell on keys, how long it takes for the next key to be pressed and so on.

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Ungoogled-Chromium Removes Google Traces from Chromium

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

If you love the functionality of Google’s Chrome browser, but would rather do without Google’s habit of collecting information regarding every move you make online, then you should probably take a look at Ungoogled-Chromium.

Ungoogled-Chromium is a fork of Chromium that puts the focus on privacy and security by removing Google traces and other bits of code from the browser that weaken privacy. The custom browser is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and as source code. Chromium is an open source web browser that Google Chrome and other browsers such as Vivaldi or Opera base their code on.

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Iridium: Privacy-Focused Chromium-Based Browser

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Iridium has been around for a little while now, but its market share remains relatively small in spite of its useful, privacy-related features.

Iridium is a privacy-focused modification of the Chromium web browser by members of the Open Source Business Alliance. Chromium is the open source basis for Google Chrome and other browsers such as Opera or Vivaldi. While it ships with less things Google integrated in the browser than Google Chrome, there is still room for improvement privacy-wise.

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Should You Put Tape Over a Webcam?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

In addition to tape, this article lists several other, more graceful solutions for disabling a webcam … I guess one of those Groucho Marx glasses/nose/mustache masks would essentially accomplish the same goal.

Putting tape over the camera of a laptop or mobile device is a low-cost solution to block the camera from capturing what is happening in front of the device. The reasoning behind taping over a built-in camera of a laptop, other mobile device or desktop computer is simple: prevent anyone from using the camera to stream or record what the camera captures.

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How to Chain VPN Servers

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

This is sort of a complicated procedure, but it still sounds like it would be an interesting experiment, none the less.

VPN Chaining is a technique in which multiple virtual private network (VPN) servers are chained to improve online privacy while on the Internet. Basically, what it means is that you are not connecting to a single VPN but to multiple ones in a layered system that looks like Your PC > 1st VPN > 2nd VPN > Internet. Before we take a look at the how, we should discuss why you would want to do that. One argument is that you cannot trust any of the VPN providers out there.

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Block Opera VPN from Leaking Your IP Address

Monday, April 25th, 2016

It appears that Opera’s built-in VPN still has a few bugs that will need to be worked out …

Opera Software added a virtual private network (VPN) to Opera Developer a couple of days ago to improve user privacy and security while using the web browser. This VPN client is free to use, does not impose restrictions in regards to bandwidth or data to users, and there is little reason not to make use of it unless you are already using a VPN that runs system-wide, or want to watch shows on Netflix.

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Opera 37 Desktop Ships with Built-In Ad Blocker

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Ad Blockers are a tremendous aid for internet users, but a major headache for those who sell advertising space on their pages.

Opera Software announced today that it has added native ad-blocking to the latest developer version of the Opera desktop browser. While Opera Software is not the first company that integrated an ad-blocker in a desktop browser, it is the first with a sizable market share that did so. You could say that Mozilla was first with Tracking Protection in Firefox, but that mode is limited to the browser’s Private Browsing mode by default.

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Oscobo – A New Privacy Focused Search Engine

Friday, January 15th, 2016

If you’re tired of being bombarded with ads for everything you’ve recently searched for, you might want to give Oscobo a try.

Ever since the Snowden relevations, privacy search engines and privacy in general has been a boom on the Internet. Search engines focused on privacy have seen a rise in daily searches. While they are still nowhere near popular as Google Search or Bing, the two main search services in most parts of the world, they have shown that there is a market for these kind of services.

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